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>> this is true, none of the
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people here, next we will hear from our mayor. when we had some violence in the bayview two or three years ago between asians and blacks mayor lee met with me on a weekly basis so i know he wants to do, i saw first hand up close and personal, something else he does to end the violence. >> thank you, joe. thank you very much, congressman pelosi for being here, and harrison thompson to help me take such swift action to have a national dialogue. congresswoman spear for your personal experience and what you are doing now, we're really grateful. i'm just one of many mayors. i want you to know that being part of the u.s. conference of mayors i had a lot of discussions with other mayors who are faced with tremendous
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challenges in their cities and if i have learned anything in the last couple years being both interim mayor and the new mayor and many of you know i'm not a lifelong politician, so i learned the politics of this job somewhat on the job. but one of the things i do know at heart is that we all struggle with this and we know it can never be an answer only that the police can solve or law enforcement in general, that we quickly learn that mental health, that preventing ammunition and guns from getting on the street, that education, job training, paying attention to housing, poverty, isolation, all of those elements lead to the uptick in violence. that's actually quite a strong lesson for all of us mayors to learn as we ask each other for help in solving
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this. and i want to thank all of you in this audience from adult probation, juvie probation, inter98 (inaudible) for helping me carve what we can do in this city. many of you know i've been a champion for jobs and i truly believe job creation and better economics is going to be a big answer. but it isn't the only answer because i quickly realized, i can't give a dead kid a job in this city. there's no answer for that. we've got to find better answers for people who are confronted with decisions they have to make to not take the violent road for that decision. and it starts early and many of you reminded me, start now, mayor, start investing in education. start investing in community based ways in which we can reduce the attitude that
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violence can resolve something. and then make sure we work with our health departments and our medical experts to get to the things that people can't control among themselves. these are all things that i'm learning quickly and i asked for help and i'm getting it and that no mayor of any city should ever faced with these kinds of gun violence and so forth should stop asking for help because the answers will come forward with everybody participates and everybody contributing in all these aspects. many of you know that i struggled with the uptick in gun violence this past summer. the chief and i were on the telephone and on the texting every morning finding out which of our children died the previous night. and it isn't a good thing. it isn't good to wake up to this. you know that, many of you who work in
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this community know that that is not what you want to either wake up to or go into the night on. and so i always try to picture who that youth was and what he or she may have been had they had a chance to get past this and that then i have to go over in my head, have i done everything that i could as a mayor? and this is something where i think the national dialogue has to take us. it's not about so much politics, although there's been a heavy dose of that. all of us in addition to what happened at sandy hook, what happens every single day we're reminded about, have to take this personally. we have to personalize this for ourselves if it means even picturing our own kids walking down third street or tennessee street or in chinatown or in the mission, what can they be confronted
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with? how can we improve conditions for this not to happen. so all of us have to make sure that when it comes to the national and the regional and the local discussion about guns and about ammunition that we've got to make this personal to ourselves. we've got to really talk to everybody about this so that we can keep pushing for the reforms, getting these automatic weapons and munitions off our streets. there's no place for that. there is no place for these kinds of weapons to be on our streets. at the same time recommitting ourselves to the things that we do have control over that we must do. the local gun buy backs and joe, again, thank you for you and omega boys club working with police and all the other law enforcements to get the gun buy backs we have are in planning now an additional 4 events for gun buy back events to try to take them out of our public housing, out of our communities, our streets, doing
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the best we can to prevent this from happening. and as a mayor i'm going to continue speaking out with representative pelosi and congresswoman spear and senator feinstein to create that national policy, but guess what? whatever we do locally, whether i work with livia cohen as we are making illegal the possession of hollow point munition that has no place in our society here, we know that if the next county over doesn't do the same thing or the next region, it will come in very easily. we have to work locally, regionally and nationally. and so as we do these things i'm going to continue to talk about our need to support senator feinstein's national effort for the assault weapons ban that she had in the 90's and that expired in 2004. it's going to be a lot more comprehensive and we need to have that. it's going to be an
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uphill fight, as president obama has reminded us, but we have it keep talking about it. we have to keep it in the forefrupt. we have to keep the pictures of our youth in front of us in everything that we do. this is what i am willing to do and again continue asking everybody for help in the city because the more i do that, the more of the graciousness of our community comes out because this is not something that just law enforcement can do, it's got to be our whole society acting together. thank you. (applause).

February 6, 2013 3:30pm-4:00pm PST

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